Bean There, Read That: The Lovely Bones

Lovely bones blogPick up a copy of The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold for the September 24, 2013 7-8:30PM Bean There, Read That book discussion at The Classic Bean (21st and Fairlawn) for young professionals.

When we first meet 14-year-old Susie Salmon, she is already in heaven. This was before milk carton photos and public service announcements, she tells us; back in 1973, when Susie mysteriously disappeared, people still believed these things didn’t happen. In the sweet, untroubled voice of a precocious teenage girl, Susie relates the awful events of her death and her own adjustment to the strange new place she finds herself. It looks a lot like her school playground, with the good kind of swing sets. With love, longing, and a growing understanding, Susie watches her family as they cope with their grief, her father embarks on a search for the killer, her sister undertakes a feat of amazing daring, her little brother builds a fort in her honor and begin the difficult process of healing. In the hands of a brilliant novelist, this story of seemingly unbearable tragedy is transformed into a suspenseful and touching story about family, memory, love, heaven, and living.

If you are interested in reading this, you can nab a copy at the previous month’s meeting or at the Reference Desk, first-come, first served.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak will be discussed Tuesday October 22, 2013 7-8:30PM at The Classic Bean. As always, plan to bring cash for drinks and food as young professionals in their 20s/30s gather for this discussion.

If you have questions or you would like to receive email reminders, contact me at eseeger@tscpl.org. Don’t forget to add to the conversation on the Library’s Goodreads page!

Erin Seeger

I am the Lawn & Garden and Cooking Neighborhood Librarian who also leads the "Bean There, Read That" book discussion for folks in their 20s and 30s, facilitates the "Master Gardener" series, and the "Cooking by the Book" series at Garfield Community Center.